A leader in the early education sector

Gowrie fosters the wellbeing of children and families through the provision of integrated, inclusive services. At Gowrie, children participate in high quality early education and care, creating a foundation for lifelong learning.

We provide education and care for children on a part-time and full-time basis – for children from six weeks to kindergarten age. We have early learning centres in Carlton North, Docklands, Broadmeadows Valley, Carlton, and Yarraville. The children are grouped by age across rooms, with qualified early childhood staff in each room. All our services operate an integrated funded kindergarten program for pre-school children.

Gowrie Victoria champions excellence in early learning and implements a play-based emergent curriculum. The environments are flexible, stimulating, inviting, and purposefully arranged to capture children’s interests, ideas, and cater to individual needs. The use of natural resources creates open-ended play spaces for children to imagine, create, and discover.

Free Kinder in 2023

From 2023, free kindergarten will be available for all three and four year old children enrolled at Gowrie Victoria sessional kindergarten programs. For children enrolled in our integrated kindergarten programs you will receive a kindergarten subsidy (approximately $2000) that will offset the kindergarten program component of your out-of-pocket fees, this will be applied directly to your account in instalments over the year.

Visit the Victorian Government website for more information. 

How to Enrol

Gowrie Victoria accepts enrolment requests any time of year. Once we have determined the booking request for your child and a place becomes available, you’ll be emailed a letter of offer. If you require childcare immediately and a place is available, we will be happy to offer you that place. If a place is not available or your enrolment is for next year, please join our waiting list.

To ensure a fair, equitable and transparent process, Gowrie Victoria follows the Commonwealth Government Priority of Access Guidelines:

Priority 1: a child at risk of serious abuse or neglect
Priority 2: a child of a single parent or parents who satisfy the work/training/study test
Priority 3: any other child

If you would like to place your child on the waiting list, please register your details online through the links on the service pages below and you will receive an email confirmation of your waitlist booking.


For further information, or to make a general enrolment enquiry, please contact us using the form below.

Our Services


Carlton Learning Precinct


Clare Court


The Harbour